Even after getting precious human birth, it is rare to find a person who has the quest of self-realisation. Sri Adi Shankaracharya goes on to say that rarer still is mumuksutva, the desire to realise one’s divinity. Bhagvadgita (7:3) says: manusyānām sahasresu kaścid yatati siddhaye yatatām api siddhānām kaścin mām vetti tattvatah Only a tiny portion of the innumerable souls are fortunate to get a human birth. Amongst them, only a minuscule strive for spiritual perfection. In Vedic literature it is mentioned: āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunam ca sāmānyam etat paśubhir narānām dharmo hi tesām adhiko viśeso dharmena hīnāh paśubhih samānāh Eating, sleeping, mating and defense-these four principles are common to both human beings and animals. The distinction between human life and animal life is "Dharma" (individual’s life path and purpose). In other words, it is the ability to ask philosophical questions like "Who am I? What is the essence and purpose of the physical world? - something that animals do not possess. Hence our scriptures call it the rarest and most difficult to receive because of the spiritual potential hidden in every human to be able to embark on the path of spiritual realization. Out of millions, an exceptionally rare person strives to purify the self or the soul. This process involves eliminating impurities such as desires, attachments and ego, which obstruct one's realization of one’s true divine nature.

Dr. Archana Srivastava